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Yellow-lored Amazon

 (Amazona xantholora)

Also known as: Yellow-lored Parrot, Yucatan Amazon or Parrot

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Yellow-lored Amazons roost and sleep in big groups, in some cases of more than 1500 individuals.

Academic Research

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Species Profile

Genus: Amazona | Species: xantholora

Size:

26cm (10 in)

Weight:

200-232g (7-8.1 oz)

Races including nominate:

one

Colour Adult:

Male-green plumage, with feathers strongly edged dusty black; white forehead and forecrown; yellow lores; area around eyes to upper cheeks red; ear coverts black; primary coverts red; tail green with red at base. Bill dull yellow. Eye ring pale grey. Eye yellow/brown.  Female-soft blue forehead and forecrown; faint red underneath eye to upper cheeks; ear coverts dark grey; green primary coverts intermixed with red.

Colour Juvenile:

As in adult female but with yellow lores scattered with green; upper cheeks green with sprinkling of red. Eye grey.

Call:

Calls loud and varied. Include squealing, barking, harsh crack, crack notes, loud trilling notes, short sharp sounds and trumpeting notes.

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Video Links:

Video 1

More Information:

Avibase
Handbook of the Birds of the World

Content Sources:

CITES
BirdLife International
Internet Bird Collection
A Guide to Parrots of the World, Juniper and Parr, 1998
Cornell Lab of Ornithology Neotropical Birds
ML Media Collection Catalogue 133165, Yellow-lored Parrot Amazona xantholora, Andersen, Michael, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Mar. 15 2003, Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Site
Parrots of the World, Forshaw, 2006. 2010 edition
Parrots in Aviculture, Low, 1992.
Psittacine Aviculture, Schubot, Clubb and Clubb, 1992.
Genus Amazona, Stoodley and Stoodley, 1990.

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Yellow-lored Amazon
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Did You Know?

Yellow-lored Amazons roost and sleep in big groups, in some cases of more than 1500 individuals.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

Species Care

Captive Status:

Rare

Longevity:

Not recorded.

Housing:

Aviary or suspended cage, minimum length 3m (9.8 ft).

Diet:

Fruit such as: apple, pear, orange, cactus fruits, bananas, pomegranate, etc, forming about 30 percent of the diet; vegetables such as: carrots, celery, green beans and peas, fresh corn; green leaves such as: Swiss chard, lettuce, sowthistle, dandelion, chickweed, etc; spray millet; small seed mix: canary, millet, small amounts of oats, buckwheat, safflower; limited sunflower seed, dry, soaked or sprouted; cooked beans or pulses, boiled maize, and complete kibble.

Enrichment:

Not recorded.

Nest Box Size:

12" x 12" x 24" (30.5cm x 30.5cm x 61cm) vertical box

Clutch Size:

4 or 5

Incubation Time:

26 days

Fledging Age:

7 or 8 weeks.

Hatch Weight:

Not recorded.

Peak Weight:

Not recorded.

Weaning Weight:

Not recorded.

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Yellow-lored Amazon
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Did You Know?

Yellow-lored Amazons roost and sleep in big groups, in some cases of more than 1500 individuals.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

Species Wild Status

World Population:

20,000-50,000

IUCN Red List Status:

Least Concern

CITES Listing:

Appendix II

Threat Summary:

May be experiencing declines in range size.

Range:

Found in Yucatan Peninsula and lsla Cozumel, SE Mexico, and N Belize.

Habitat:

Found mainly below 300m (984 ft) in more open, drier deciduous scrub forest and Pinus woodland; has overlap with White-fronted Amazon.

Wild Diet:

Eats pods of Acacia sp., maize and citrus fruits.

Ecology and Behaviour:

Found in flocks, in groups of up to 1500 birds. Mostly feed in tree tops.

Clutch and Egg Size:

4 or 5

Breeding Season:

March, Yucatan Peninsula; April-May, Belize.

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Did You Know?

Yellow-lored Amazons roost and sleep in big groups, in some cases of more than 1500 individuals.

Academic Research

Related publications: Amazona xantholora

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